Re: how long does it take for thyroid medication to work
Levothyroxine isn't a quick fix like aspirin is for a headache. It takes weeks to build up in the cells and to effect meaningful change in symptoms. The full effect of any particular dose takes about 6 - 8 weeks to occur; many people feel a slight effect around 2 weeks. At the beginning of treatment, old symptoms can worsen or new ones can appear. This is especially true if your starting dose was just 25 mcgs. It isn't a fast process, and it can't be rushed.
"Side effects" from the med are rare. What you're experiencing are symptoms from the change in your thyroid hormone levels due to the introduction of the extra hormone into your system. If your heart is young(er) and otherwise healthy, you can easily tolerate the temporary change in its rhythm.
Stick with it. Most people will not have total eradication of symptoms before 6 months' time. It took me 9 months to titrate to my optimal dose and another 3 months before all symptoms were gone. Again... It isn't a fast fix.
Stick with it!
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Abraham Lincoln
Last edited by midwest1; 07-30-2012 at 09:56 AM.